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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last post by johnfilmer on Today at 08:42:50 AM »
Moral of that is to refresh the screen before posting!


My great grandfathers brother was the saddler and harness maker in Chilham throughout WW1, his son was a saddler in The Buffs for the duration.


Premises somewhere around The Square. Their house is the one in front of the church, facing The Square and is still known as Clements Cottage.


Coincidentally we watched an old Marple episode last night “The Moving Finger”, and the outside set was Chilham Square. Spooky.
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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last post by John Walker on January 24, 2021, 08:25:46 PM »
Thank Grandarog


I started off going in the wrong direction along the A28.   Interesting family connection you have with Chilham.  I often stopped at the Woolpack for a half (Driving).  Seems ages now since lockdown.

Sorry JohnFilmer I was only half hour ahead of you.

Next one ...    shouldn't be too difficult  (Two more images and I'll have put 200 GTP images up)
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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last post by grandarog on January 24, 2021, 07:45:55 PM »
You have it JohnWalker.
My Mother went to school there 1907 -1916. At the same time, she was pot washing for her eldest sister Annie (Nance) and her husband Arthur Fill who were the licensees of the Woolpack ,Chilham.Mums sister Kate was living with them as a skivvy .Uncle  Arthur was a lovely gentle man Aunt Nance was a proper old battleaxe and tyrant. She would have made the deep south plantation bosses look like pussie's
They ran a boarding house at Broadstairs for years after the Woolpack.

Sorry johnfilmer you were muttering too long. JW beat you to it.
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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last post by johnfilmer on January 24, 2021, 06:29:14 PM »
I've been muttering at the screen for ages, I think that it is the school at Chilham.
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Personalities and Biographies / Frank Smitherman M.B.E.
« Last post by johnfilmer on January 24, 2021, 06:26:55 PM »
 From Luton Road to H.M. Abassador

 
Frank Smitherman (1913-1993) was, I'm told, my mother's favourite cousin.

 
His father was Harold Clifton Smitherman (1891-1981), one of the seven children of Francis Thomas and Jane Smitherman, who lived at 152 Luton Road, Chatham. This house is the one next to the empty space on the corner of Castle Road, that was the family's woodyard at the time of his birth and for many years after.

 
Harold went into the army, and in the 1911 Census was a Sapper (electrician) stationed on Malta.

 
He married in 1912, and Frank was born in Bombay in 1913.

 
During his service in WW1 Harold went first to Mesopotamia and then India, being promoted through the ranks and then being commisioned as a second Lieutenant in 1917.

 
He and his wife and two younger children went back to India in 1924, leaving Frank living with his Grandparents. On the passenger list they gave their home address as 152 Luton Road. Frank attended the Math School – the fees a perk of Harold's Indian Army posting?

 
In 1933 Frank left for Rangoon to join the Indian Police. He married Frances Calvert.

 
As yet it is unclear to me what his movements were after the war, but his wife and two children returned from Bombay in 1945, and then travelled to Hong Kong in 1949 probably to meet him, as he was appointed The King's Vice Consul to Amoy in early 1949.

 
His MBE is mentioned in the Confirmation by the Queen of his 1949 posting taken from the London Gazette of 1953.

 
Another gap in my knowledge is when and why he was awarded the MBE – any help out there?

 
His subsequent postings include Rome (1955), Khartoum as Consul to the Republic of Sudan (1958), Consul-General for parts of France, based at Bourdeaux (1967), a spell of Admin at the Embassy to USSR (1969), and finally Ambassador to Togo and Dahomy (West Africa) in 1970.

 
His daughter Ann Frances married in Sudan in 1960 to Sir Jocelyn Charles Roden Buxton. They went on to have three daughters.

 
Harold retired from the Indian Army as a Lt-Colonel.

 

 
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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last post by John Walker on January 24, 2021, 05:53:44 PM »
St Mary's Primary School, Chilham.  I should have found that quicker, I took a photo of the building a few years ago!
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Outbreaks and Epidemics / Re: Coronavirus. 2020
« Last post by castle261 on January 24, 2021, 04:51:08 PM »
I see the Health Minister ducked the question of the `2nd vaccination of the Pfizer BioNTec jab `.
I would have had my 2nd jab, on Jan 28th, then 7 days later. I would have had a better immune
system, to cope with the Kent Strain of the virus. After first jab, I am 84% better, than not have it.
Many people in their late years may not be alive to see the 2nd vaccine, 12 weeks is a long time.
Even 6 weeks when Europe, Germany, recommends a shorter time, are not following the U.K.
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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last post by grandarog on January 24, 2021, 01:51:58 PM »
Not Barham head out along the A28 from Canterbury. 8)

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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last post by John Walker on January 24, 2021, 01:46:21 PM »
Barham area?
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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last post by grandarog on January 24, 2021, 12:00:28 PM »
Yes a school shoot999 .
John Walker ,you went the wrong way.
Keep trying.


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